Personal data

Dirk Niebel

Born on 29 March 1963 in Hamburg, Germany

married, with three children (1993; 1995; 2000)

Professional experience 

Since 01/2015

Head of international strategy development and government relations at Rheinmetall AG

Since 01/2014

Policy advisor and management consultant Niebel International Consulting


Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
- Responsibility for an annual budget of €6.33 billion
- Reform of German implementing agencies for Technical Cooperation, merging them to
  form Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ (17,000 staff in more
  than 100 countries)
- World Bank Governor for Germany
- Member of the KfW Board of Supervisory Directors


National General Secretary of the FDP
- Responsible for two national elections, 14 state (Länder) elections and one European
  election with successful outcomes


Member of the German Bundestag, Heidelberg Constituency
(Parliamentary Group: Free Democratic Party, FDP)
1998-2009   Spokesperson on labour market policy of the FDP Parliamentary Groupin the
1998-2009   Member of the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs 


Substitute Member of the Defence Committee
2002-2005   Substitute Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee


Placement officer at Heidelberg job centre


Public administration studies at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences in Mannheim and Heidelberg (Departmental Branch for labour administration), degree in public administration (Diplom-Verwaltungswirt (FH))


Fixed-term career soldier, paratrooper 

Completed a staff sergeant training course (top of his class); most recently: reconnaissance platoon leader at the 25th Airborne Brigade; currently Reserve Captain at the Special Operations Division (DSO)

School education

1983 Entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences

Volunteer positions

  • 1998-2009   Deputy Chairman of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • 2000-2010   Vice President of the German-Israeli Association
  • 2004-2005   Member of the Heidelberg City Council
  • 2003-2009   Member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for
  •                 Freedom
  • 2003-2011   Member of the FDP federal executive
  • 2011-2013   Member of the national Executive Committee of the FDP
  • 1998-2013   Member of the Baden-Württemberg Executive Committee of FDP/DVP (German
  •                  People's Party)
  • Since 2005  Member of the Board of Trustees of the Israel Foundation in Germany
  • Since 2009  Member of the Board of Trustees for the President Friedrich Ebert Memorial
  • Since 2009  Member of the Board of Trustees of the Christian Liebig Foundation
  • Since 2009  Patron of the German Rugby Union
  • Since 2014  Member of the Advisory Board of the "Institute for Cultural Diplomacy"

Skills and qualifications

Instructor aptitude examination (1989), good international connections (UN, EU, other donors)